VW Polo

Pros

Ultra reliable. Huge range of options from Sport to environmentally friendly low carbon model. Great value. Good all rounder. Latest sport models offer super performance.

Cons

Cornering poor on older models. Faster small cars are available.

VW Polo

  • VW Polo Overview

    The VW polo is a small car manufactured by Volkswagen which is especially popular in Europe. It is most widely seen in hatchback form although there have been other formats including saloon, estate, etc. Since 1975 when a reworked version of the Audi 50 was launched as the Polo there have been four separate Polo series - Mark I to Mark IV. About half a million Mark 1 Polos were sold during its 5 year lifespan with more than nine million Polos across all models subsequently sold. Each generation was revamped mid way through its production era. The Polo has always been an ultra reliable, practical fun car but the latest models are typical of todays competitive market in terms of the quality and value for money they offer. The Mark IVF Polo is a particularly ineresting development. Designed by Walter de'Silva and launched in 2005 the updated range is available in 6 different trim levels, from basic E to the high performance GTI. A 1.8 gt hot hatch will do 0-62mph in 8.2secs and a max speed of 134mph. Handling is superb and the subtle curvaceous shape is a treat too, in line with the entire new range which has been expertly created by VW.

  • VW Polo Bluemotion Tax Exempt

    There is also a new diesel-powered Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion which is set to be exempt from road tax in the UK, owing to its low carbon emissions. For the first time in almost 100 years British drivers have the prospect of not paying road tax. VWs diesel-powered mini car launched late summer 2007 emits just 99 grams per kilometre of CO2, making it the most environmentally-friendly car available at its time of release by quite a way and making it eligible for the tax-exempt Band A road tax category. A 1.4-litre three-cylinder turbo diesel engine with intercooler, the ability to recirculate gas and a diesel particulate filter ensures it cuts down emissions drastically. The Bluemotion offers a five-speed gearbox and swish design and can achieve 74.3 miles per gallon.

  • 2007 VW Polo Model Range

    The latest Polos come in a range of formats: E, ES, Sport, Gti and Dune. Latest significant updates are the 1.8-litre turbo charged GTI, the most powerful Polo ever based on the Golf GTI. It comes with 16ins sport alloys and polished twin exhausts. The new Polo Dune is also a welcome and innovative design, combining the 4x4 SUV style with a supermini size. The new Polos unlike their predecessors also offer good safety features including four airbags, rear head restraints, door side impact protection, ABS, are standard on all models. Heres a sample of performance specification for each type:

    VW Polo Dune 1.4 80PS 5dr

    Engine cubic capacity -1400

    Combined Fuel - 42.8mpg - 6.6l/100km

    Max Speed - 106mph - 170km/h

    0-62mph - 13.5secs

    Insurance group 5

    VW Polo Sport 1.9TDR 100PS 5dr

    Engine cubic capacity - 1900

    Combined Fuel- 62.8mpg - 4.5l/100km

    Max Speed - 117mph - 188km/h

    0-62mph - 10.7secs

    Insurance group - 6

    VW Polo S 1.4 tdi 70ps 5 dr

    Engine cubic capacity - 1400

    Combined Fuel - 62.8mpg - 4.5l/100km

    Max Speed - 99 mph - 160km/h

    0-62mph - 15.9secs

    Insurance group - 5

    VW Polo Gti 1.8T 150PS 5 dr

    Engine cubic capacity - 1800

    Combined Fuel - 36.2mpg - 7.8l/100km

    Max Speed - 134mph - 216km/h

    0-62mph - 8.2secs

    Insurance group - 13

    VW Polo E 1.2 70ps 5 dr

    Engine cubic capacity - 1198

    Combined Fuel - 48.7mpg - 5.8l/100km

    Max Spee - 104mph - 112km/h

    0-62mph - 14.5secs

    Insurance group n/a

    2007 VW Polo Standard Equipment E

    Exterior

    Black door mirrors with integrated indicators

    Body-coloured bumpers with black bumper strips

    Door handles, black

    Full size wheel trims

    Galvanised body

    Halogen clear headlights, range adjustable

    Lockable fuel filler flap

    Side bump strips, black

    Tinted glass

    - 5J x 14 steel wheels with 165/70 R14 tyres

    Safety

    ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

    Door side impact protection

    Drivers and front passengers airbags

    Front head restraints, height-adjustable

    Front seat side impact airbags (not E 1.2 litre 55 PS)

    Height-adjustable front three-point seat belts with tensioners

    High level 3rd brake light

    Isofix preparation (for 2 rear child seats)

    Rear head restraints x 3

    Rear three-point seat belts x 3

    Reflectors in front doors

    Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones

    Function

    Blue instrument lighting

    Central locking

    Cup holder, front

    Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors

    Dust and pollen filter

    Electronic engine immobiliser

    Front comfort seats

    Front door side pockets

    Front wash/wipe with 4 speeds and interval delay

    Full size steel spare wheel

    Glovebox

    Heated rear window

    Heating and ventilation with 4 speed fan and air recirculation

    Height and reach adjustable steering wheel

    Interior lighting with delay

    Load lip protective shield

    Luggage compartment load lashing points x 4

    Luggage cover, removable

    Non-smoking pack

    Power-assisted steering, speed-sensitive

    Radio/MP3 compatible CD player with RDS, 4 front speakers and roof aerial

    Rear wash/wipe with interval delay

    Rev counter

    Storage tray on dashboard

    Three-spoke steering wheel

    Warning lights on buzzer

    12V socket with cover

    Additional Equipment - S

    Exterior

    Alloy wheels, four 6J x 14 Portland with 185/60 R14 tyres

    and anti-theft wheel bolts

    Body-coloured bumper strips, side bump strips

    and door handles

    Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators

    Additional items of equipment SE

    Function

    Drivers and front passengers seat height adjustment

    Drivers and front passengers under seat drawer

    (5 door only)

    Easy entry sliding seats (for access to rear seats, 3 door)

    Illuminated vanity mirrors

    Luggage compartment light

    Radio/MP3 compatible CD player with RDS, 8 speakers and roof aerial

    Reading lights, independent front and rear (rear on 5 door only)

    (SE only)

    Remote central locking and alarm with 2 folding keys

    Split folding rear seat with centre armrest (SE only)

    Two-tone horn

    12V socket in luggage compartment (SE only)

    Exterior

    Alloy wheels, four 6J x 14 Misano with 185/60 R14 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

    Interior

    Upholstery Maxima cloth

    Additional Equipment Sport

    Exterior

    Alloy wheels, four 6J x 15 Charade with

    195/55 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

    Chrome trimmed radiator grille (Sport only)

    Interior

    Chrome-plated instrument surrounds

    Chrome-plated internal door handles and handbrake knob

    Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob

    and handbrake grip

    Upholstery Limit cloth

    Additional items of equipment Dune (over E)

    Exterior

    Alloy wheels, four 71⁄2J x 17 BBS with 215/40 R17 tyres

    and anti-theft wheel bolts

    Body-coloured bumper strips, side bump strips

    and door handles

    Dune styling pack unique front and rear bumpers,

    with side and wheel arch protection

    Roof rails, silver-coloured

    Silver-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators

    Function

    Air conditioning, Climatic semi-automatic control

    Drivers seat height adjustment

    Drivers under seat drawer

    Electric windows, front and rear

    Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors

    Front fog lights

    Front seat back storage pockets

    Front sports seats

    Illuminated vanity mirrors

    Luggage compartment light

    Multifunction computer

    Radio/MP3 compatible CD player with RDS, 8 speakers

    and roof aerial

    Raised suspension, by approximately 20 mm

    Reading lights, front x 2

    Remote central locking and alarm with 2 folding keys

    Two-tone horn

    Tyre repair kit

    Interior

    Aluminium-look pedals clutch, brake and accelerator

    Chrome-plated instrument surrounds

    Chrome-plated internal door handles and handbrake knob

    Leather gear knob and handbrake grip with colour

    co-ordinated stitching

    Leather trimmed four-spoke steering wheel with colour

    co-ordinated stitching and aluminium insert

    Upholstery Space cloth

    Additional equipment BlueMotion 1 (over E)

    Exterior

    Alloy wheels low weight, four 5J x 14 Jerez with 165/70 R14

    tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

    BlueMotion styling pack unique front and rear bumpers

    Body-coloured bumper strips, side bump strips

    and door handles

    Silver-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators

    Function

    Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors

    Electric windows, front and rear (rear 5 door only)

    Multifunction computer

    Additional items of equipment GTI

    Exterior

    Alloy wheels, four 61⁄2J x 16 Monza I with 205/45 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

    GTI styling pack uniquely shaped front and rear bumpers

    with honeycomb front air intake

    Roof spoiler, rear

    Twin exhaust tailpipes

    Interior

    Aluminium-look pedals clutch, brake and accelerator

    Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with aluminium insert

    Upholstery Interlagos cloth

    Function

    Carpet mats, front and rear

    Drivers and front passengers under seat drawer

    Electric windows, rear (5 door only)

    Reading lights, front x 2

    Tyre repair kit

    Safety

    Disc brakes, front and rear (front ventilated), with red calipers

    ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) includes

    EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)

    Flat tyre indicator

    Additional equipment BlueMotion 2 (over BlueMotion 1)

    Function

    Air conditioning, Climatic semi-automatic control

    Automatic coming home lighting function

    Illuminated vanity mirrors

    Leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob

    and handbrake grip

    Rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror

    Reading lights, front x 2

    Remote central locking and alarm with 2 folding keys

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